While the images of violence erupting in Paris' suburbs in early November may have shocked television viewers around the world, to many educators and policy experts familiar with the area it came as no great surprise. In this Voice of America article, Lisa Bryant highlights the link between the recent riots and France's education system. In this Toronto Star commentary, Daniel Jouanneau, France's Ambassador in Canada, points out recently formed government initiatives designed to tackle these social inequities blamed for the riots. Also, this audio report from Marketplace describes one possible solution already underway in France, government-funded Internats, or boarding ...


For many students, "getting out" of college can become even harder than "getting in," as many struggle with selecting a major and sticking to that course of study long enough to earn a degree. MSNBC's Gayle B. Ronan talks to college and career counselors at high schools and universities to find out how students and parents can avoid the often-costly and frustrating game of musical majors....


The debate over the teaching of science and religion in the classroom reached a fever pitch during the recent Kitzmiller v. Dover Area School District trial. In this Q & A from The New Yorker, Margaret Talbot provides some historical perspective on the case—and argues that the pending ruling on the teaching of intelligent design is only one more milestone in this ongoing American debate....


Rethinking Schools columnist Barbara Miner takes a critical look at the quality of the private schools in the Milwaukee school system, the nation's oldest voucher program. Citing results from an investigative report carried out by the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, Miner cautions it is "increasingly clear that a disturbing number of voucher schools are outright abominations." See also the Nov. 9 Education Week brief, "Milwaukee Nears Limit on Vouchers."...


Audio commentator Ankitha Bharadwaj of Youth Radio sounds off on the ubiquitous white device that, in the wrong hands, is proving to be an unwelcomed nuisance in her algebra II class. Should schools be welcoming iPods into the classroom?...


From National Public Radio, this audio report tells of the difficulties of students in Hancock County, Miss., as they adjust to the altered conditions of their school life following Hurricane Katrina. There's a growing bitterness in the community as recovery efforts drag on, and students are suffering the emotional aftermath....


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